The French forward has joined the Premiership club from their recently relegated London neighbours West Ham in an estimated €5m deal which has also seen Tottenham winger Matthew Etherington move to Upton Park.
The 25-year-old Kanouté becomes manager Glenn Hoddle's third attacking recruit following the arrivals of Hélder Postiga from FC Porto and Bobby Zamora from Brighton and Hove Albion FC. "Freddie will balance off nicely with the other strikers we have brought to the club," said Hoddle. "But he won't be my last signing. We've lost too many defenders to injuries and we are stretched for midfielders too."
Kanouté joined West Ham in 2000 from French side Olympique Lyonnais, and enjoyed a fine start to his career in England before a string of injuries ruined his chances of first-team football last season. He is the latest player to leave West Ham with winger Trevor Sinclair having moved to Manchester City FC and defender Glen Johnson having departed for Chelsea FC.
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